Sand Chronicles

Alt title: Sunadokei

Vol: 10; Ch: 21
2003 - 2006
4.148 out of 5 from 336 votes
Rank #2,856
Sand Chronicles

After her parents get divorced, Ann Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Accustomed to the anonymity of city living, Ann can't get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother's hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, Ann discovers how much she needs that kindness.

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Story I came by this manga by chance, already bored with shoujo as I have read most everything is out there already (or at least it feels like that lol)so I was pleasantly surprised by how invested the story got me. Sunadokei follows the story of Ann after her parents’ divorce. Her mother returns to her hometown (the one she wished to escape so many years prior) for shelter but the pressures of the new life lead to tragedy. Without giving any spoilers, I would like to say that this story is by far one of the most emotional ones I have ever read. It took me to very dark places with very relatable topics and events that are so well put together it makes you go through the feelings the characters are feeling. The situations were never over the top or poorly executed so I was really hooked from beginning to end. The story is mainly about romance but it’s not your typical story where the main characters deal with normal stuff and they still find their way to one another for a happily ever after ending... quite the opposite, this story is sure to strike a chord with anyone who already had a first love at a tender age or a long-distance relationship. Insecurities, confusion, naivety and fears are explored not only in terms of romance but also in regards to life and finding oneself, of growing up. The story takes you across time from when Ann is 12 years old all the way to adulthood. Stories that show various time spans are my favorite because they allow you to see character growth. On the other hand, what I did not like is that at times I felt the plot going a bit slow and also there were some filler chapter at the end that were not great. The end itself was good but I hoped for further exploration of why Daigo made the decisions he made at the end. Art Very well drawn scenes. Good character designs that remained consistent from beginning to end. I absolutely loved seeing the main characters develop from children to adults. Characters Ann is the main character and I fell in love with her honesty and strength from the very first chapter. She is more vulnerable that she lets on, yet she does her best to move on in life. She is very relatable and likeable and makes a great main character to the story with both her strengths and weaknesses. Since the story is mainly from her point of view, the reader is able to feel her emotions with both happy and sad moments and is easy to relate to her as well. Daigo is just a plain good guy, but very reliable and just what Ann needs. From a tender age of 12 when they first meet to the end of the story as they grow older, he too is true to himself and follows his dreams. I liked him a lot as Ann’s counterparts but his reasoning and emotions were hard to read towards the end. If we could have explored more of his feelings I think this story would have been perfect. The rest of the characters have stories of their own, mostly with the theme of “first-love”. I absolutely loved Ann’s grandmother the most as I think we have all known of a matriarchal figure that keeps the family together and she is definitely it with a strong personality but a tender heart. Overall The story is sure to take you on a roller-coaster ride. From beginning to end the reader will be able to feel the emotions through the main characters but let me tell you doing so it’s not easy as this was so well executed and relatable that it got to me in a deep way. The idea of “first love” is the main theme of the story and is explored across time following the main characters. I love Ann’s story but feel that at time the plot was a bit slow and the ending was a bit rushed or lacked exploring. Overall, I would recommend this manga to anyone looking for an emotional story full of character growth and love.

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